If anyone can glue the Dakota back together after the presumed demolition of the joint a few days before by fellow New Orleans brass-band cyclone Glen David Andrews, it's gotta be the Dirty Dozen. After all, it was the Dozen who were primarily responsible for kicking off the entire nouveau brass-band revival more than a quarter-century ago, multiplying the rhythms, infusing the funk, and edifying it all with bop. Despite the years, their feet haven't failed them yet, and they aren't about to in the couple of days leading up to Mardi Gras. Pianist Jon Cleary, a native Englishman (and affiliate of Bonnie Raitt and John Scofield), has been in the Crescent City so long his blood flows with red beans and rice and Longhair triplets reside in his fingertips. He'll do a separate set with a trio, covering NOLA standards and originals. Be ready to shake your beads and bring the Dakota tumbling down all over again.
Mondays, Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: March 6. Continues through March 7, 2011